Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Peter Large
Peter Large
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Schedule of Events

March 12 | NO CTF MEETING | hrd.waketech.edu

Sign up for an HRD class.  Here are two classes to choose from that will be running today:  #227997-  Craft a Resume That Generates Employer Interest (7-hour hands-on resume writing class), or #223914 - Roadmap to Working from Home.

March 19 | NO CTF MEETING | hrd.waketech.edu

As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus, Wake Tech has suspended all face-to-face classes starting March 16 to April 5.  

March 26 | NO CTF MEETING | hrd.waketech.edu

As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus, Wake Tech has suspended all face-to-face classes starting March 16 to April 5.  

April 2NO CTF MEETING | hrd.waketech.edu

As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus, Wake Tech has suspended all face-to-face classes starting March 16 to April 5.

April 9 │David Bates5 Secrets to Being Heard: Get results through connection…instead of just yelling louder

The human ability to communicate is a unique and powerful gift. Yet, many of us are frustrated by communication failures that happen around us every day. This discussion weaves theory and practical suggestions together in ways you can put into practice right away. This fast-paced, interactive overview covers everything from a basic communication model to the impact of personality and behavioral preferences. When you communicate effectively, you'll make important connections with others - leading to more success in getting things done!

Dave Bates started Wise Insights, LLC to help business leaders break through leadership challenges, fuse strategy with operations, and ensure teams confidently and consistently deliver results. Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications and English, Professional Writing before gaining experience as a leader in small, medium, and enterprise companies. As a Chief Operating Officer, he demonstrated communications excellence while leading marketing, sales, project management, human resources, legal, and finance disciplines. He is committed to working with leaders who value sustainability and scalability in the growth of their team and business. Wise Insights, LLC is also an Authorized Partner of Wiley Publishing's Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® assessments.

April 16Nate Brown | The Networking Roadmap 

Come hear from Nate Brown about the daily, weekly, and monthly systems that he used to allocate his time and energy and track my progress while he was building his network full-time as a professional in job transition.

Nate Brown is the owner of SB Financial Group, a financial organization firm that offers a comprehensive menu of services to clients.

Nate’s love of connecting people and helping others is the basis for everything he does. He is always willing to find time in his busy schedule to meet new people and find ways to can help them grow their business and network. Nate and his wife and newborn daughter currently live in Durham.

April 23Al Rankin | Power Stories Win Interviews:  Building Pitches and PARs

Telling memorable stories based on your real-life experience is a critical tool in coping with demanding behavioral job interviews and vital networking. Learn background, structure and positioning to help make your stories sing to recruiters, hiring managers and others.

Al Rankin has a broad background in branding, communications, marketing support and public relations, coupled with extensive involvement in community affairs. Over a long career, he led corporate communications for NYSE-listed companies, including Marriott International, in Texas and the mid-Atlantic region. His industry involvement has included hospitality, energy and financial services, as well as consulting in other sectors.

Al has served on the boards of Raleigh non-profit organizations since retiring here in 2006. After the 2008 recession, he became a founder and co-leader of a career transitions support group that has helped equip thousands of participants to more effectively search for jobs in today’s challenging environment. Since passing the co-leader torch in 2014, Al has remained a volunteer advisor to the group, known as Career Transitions Forum since 2016.

In 2016, Al became a Realtor with Fonville Morisey, a leading Triangle residential real estate firm.

Location:
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!

CTF Link9.20edIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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